Dhaka, Bangladesh
Politics of vendetta not good for democracy: Quader

Politics of vendetta not good for democracy: Quader

'No unskilled driver in bus seat'

News Report: Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader Saturday said Awami League never pursues politics of vendetta as it is not good for democracy. “Awami League is the most tolerant political party of the country. It witnessed the brutality of August 15 massacre, November 3 jail killings and August 21 grenade attacks but did not do politics of vengeance,” he said while inaugurating BRTC double-decker bus service on Dhaka-Narayanganj route. The minister, who joined the function through videoconferencing from his official residence on the parliament premises, also had a strong word of warning against against reckless run of transports, especially bad driving that is seen as a major cause of road accidents. Quader said democracy is a developing process as it flourishes through participation of all political parties and nurturing of it. "But the irony is that though BNP talks of democracy, it stays far away from playing the role needed to strengthen democracy," he added. For an example, he said, BNP takes part in elections only to make the polls questionable. "On the one hand, BNP talks of democracy and, on the other, it makes evil attempts to make elections questionable," he added. The AL general secretary labelled BNP as "the architect of politics of killings, conspiracy and terrorism in the country". And they are practicing it. “But, Awami League is a pro-people party. It always stayed with the people in the past and it will do that in the future, too,” he said. About BNP’s allegation that if anyone makes criticism of the government, he or she becomes 'disappeared', Quader said BNP is spreading their "traditional falsehood by making such fabricated and misleading comments". He urged BNP to refrain from dishing out suck "false information". Awami League does not fear criticism rather it has the courage to take lessons from constructive criticisms, he maintained. On the occasion, the AL general secretary wished BNP secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir quick recovery from illness. Turning to transport sector, the minister asked all concerned to remain alert so that unskilled drivers cannot sit in the driving seat of vehicles. "Bus drivers and other staffers must wear their specific uniform," he said in another directive regarding disciplining the freewheeling transport sector. With inputs from agencies

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